Briefs for Feb. 19

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Sex assault involving

children reported

A report of a sexual assault involving a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy was filed with the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday.

The case was investigated largely in Colorado Springs where the alleged victim and perpetrator live, but the assault took place in Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Police Detective Robert DelValle said.

The two reportedly engaged in an oral sex act while vacationing in Steamboat about Jan. 4. The 16-year-old boy was a friend of the girl's brother, DelValle said.

Colorado law states that sexual relations are illegal if one of the parties is younger than 15 and if the other party is four or more years older, even if the encounter is consensual.

The 16-year-old boy could be charged with sexual assault on a child, which is a Class 4 felony, DelValle said.

The Colorado Springs Police Department started investigating the case after a mother of a friend of the perpetrator overheard a phone conversation discussing the event. The woman then contacted the girl's mother, who contacted the police, DelValle said.

The Colorado Springs Police Department handed over its information to the Steamboat Springs Police Department, which gave the report to the DA's Office.

Items stolen from truck parked at Dumont Lake

On Jan. 19, several items were reported stolen from a gray 2003 GMC crew cab truck parked in the Dumont Lake parking lot off U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass. Anyone in the area on Sunday, Jan. 18, with information about this or any other crimes is asked to call Routt County Crime Stoppers at 870-NAB'M (870-6226).

Save three people's lives: Donate blood today

By giving a half-hour of time to donate blood, it is possible to save up to three people's lives. Donation times are available from noon to 6 p.m. today at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive.

This time of year is crucial for the blood supply of the community. In winter, donations tend to decline because donors are preoccupied with vacation travel and other activities, but the number of injuries and accidents increases.

Blood types O and O negative are in particularly high demand because they are "universal donor" types that can be accepted by people of any blood type.

The Bonfils Blood Center supplies blood products to more than 115 health care facilities and must collect at least 4,200 units of blood every week to be able to meet those needs.

Donors can give up to six times a year. If you want to schedule an appointment to donate blood, there are plenty of openings to do so. Call Tosia Sauter at 870-1495.

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